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Ordoñez Reportedly Agrees to $75 Million Deal With Tigers

Sunday, February 6, 2005; Page E02

The Detroit Tigers snared the last remaining premiere free agent of the offseason, agreeing to a five-year, $75 million contract with outfielder Magglio Ordoñez, a baseball source said yesterday.

Ordoñez's deal could be worth up to $105 million over seven seasons, the source told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

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Under the complicated deal, Detroit would have the right to void the contract after the 2005 season if Ordoñez has a reoccurrence of the left knee injury that hampered his production with the Chicago White Sox for most of last year and the reoccurrence lands him on the disabled list for 25 days or more.

The 31-year-old Ordoñez gets a $6 million signing bonus and a $6 million salary in 2005, meaning the Tigers' exposure is $12 million.

His contract calls for a $15 million salary in 2006, $12 million in 2007, $15 million in 2008 and $18 million in 2009. Detroit has a $15 million option for 2010 with a $3 million buyout, and a $15 million option for 2011 with no buyout.

Ordoñez, a four-time all-star, hit .292 last season with nine homers and 37 RBI in 202 at-bats. A career .307 hitter with 187 homers, he missed 36 games after injuring his left knee May 19 -- an injury that required two operations.

SOCCER: German teams appealed the outcome of 13 games they believe were fixed in a soccer scandal that has hit the country 16 months before it hosts the World Cup.

The appeals exceed the 10 games prosecutors have identified as suspicious. Twenty-five people, including 14 players and four referees, are suspected.

Just one game is believed to be from the Bundesliga, with six from the second division, three from the third division and three from the German Cup. The soccer federation plans to say next week whether any games will be replayed.

A referee yesterday said he rejected a bribe from Robert Hoyzer, the referee who confessed to manipulating four of seven games he tried to fix for a Croatian betting ring.

"Let me emphasize again, that I immediately and vehemently turned down the offer," Felix Zwayer, who remains under suspicion, told the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

The scandal broke last month when four referees told the federation they were suspicious of Hoyzer. He has admitted accepting $65,000.

The federation has said it has evidence of four games fixed by Hoyzer, adding that 10 players had admitted involvement.

TENNIS: In Tokyo, top-ranked Lindsay Davenport beat third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open.

Davenport, the defending champion, will face Maria Sharapova in today's title match. The second-seeded Russian defeated Shinobu Asagoe of Japan, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), in the other semifinal.

RUGBY: Gavin Henson struck a 45-yard penalty kick with four minutes remaining as Wales beat visiting England, 11-9, in Cardiff in the opening round of the Six Nations tournament.

In another match, France rallied to win, 16-9, against Scotland in Paris when Damien Traille scored a try in added time for the defending champion. In today's match, Italy hosts Ireland in Rome.

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